In Pictures: Linux for mobile. A visual history

A look through the history of Linux-based mobile platforms.

OpenZaurus Back in December of 2001, Sharp released the Zaurus SL-5000D – the first device in its PDA line that shipped with Linux. Powered by the Qtopia environment, a 206 MHz ARM processor, 32MB of RAM and a gorgeous color screen – and featuring a trackball and a physical thumb keyboard – this little beauty was the envy of many nerds. The OpenZaurus project started in order to keep it up to date and add new features that developers and nerds desired.

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